takashi ishikawa works at the community center. he persuaded the locals to revive torohei. >> translator: if people don't take part, torohei will die out. if that should happen, well, the only place we'll find it is in books. >> translator: this straw horse is a god. so it belongs on the family altar. >> reporter: they say straw horses protect a household all year. >> translator: if the straw horses stopped coming, it would be sad. if they do come, we're good for another year until the next ones come. >> reporter: the youngsters learn how to make the horses. >> translator: i hope people who receive the horses believe they'll have good health all year. >> reporter: it takes two hours of hard work to make a horse. tonight is the night.